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A normal menstrual cycle lasts 28 days. If menstrual bleeding occurs more frequently than every 21 days or lasts irregular periodslonger the 8 days, it is considered to be irregular. Late, early, or missed periods are also considered to be signs of menstrual irregularies. Irregular periods can be related to several different issues:

 

  • Anovulation – a condition where ovulation has not taken place during the menstrual cycle due to hormonal imbalance.
  • Dysmenorrhea – menstrual pain.
  • Ovulatory bleeding – heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding.

Common Causes of Menstrual Irregularities

Menstrual irregularities can be caused by a variety of conditions, including pregnancy, hormonal imbalances, infections, malignancies, diseases, trauma, and certain medications.  The following are some other common causes:

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Extreme exercise or dieting

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS Other illnesses.)

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Hyperthyroidism

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Hyperprolactinemia

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Sexually transmitted diseases

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Uncontrolled diabetes

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Fibroids

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Eating disorders

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Structural problems

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Bleeding disorders

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Endometriosis

Menstrual irregularities have an adverse effect on the quality of life for many women.  If you suffer from menstrual irregularities, it may be the first clue that you have a medical condition that needs attention.  It is a good idea to be checked out by a doctor to rule out any serious health issues and to help alleviate your symptoms.  Put your mind at ease. Make an appointment today with one of our gynecologist here at Creekside Center for Women.

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